13% growth in foreign tourism arrival in February 2017


KOLKATA: The number of foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) recorded in February, 2017 stood at 9.56 lakh f 8.47 lakh in February 2016 and 7.61 lakh in February, 2015.

FTAs during the period January- February 2017 were 19.40 lakh with a growth of 14.7%, as compared to the FTAs of 16.91 lakh with a growth of 9.0% in January- February 2016 over January- February 2015.

The percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during February 2017 among the top 15 source countries was highest from Bangladesh at 17.46% followed by UK at 12.20%, USA at 11.83%, Russian Federation at 4.29%, Canada at 4.26%, France at 3.25%, Germany at 3.11%, China at 2.96%, Sri Lanka at 2.91%, Australia at 2.62%, Malaysia at 2.55%, Japanay 2.26%), Thailand at 1.83%, Afghanistan at 1.73%, and Nepal at 1.50%.

The percentage share of FTAs in India during February 2017 among the top 15 ports was highest at Delhi Airport with 31.86% of the traffic followed by Mumbai Airport ,Haridaspur Land checkpost, Chennai Airport , Goa Airport, Bengaluru Airport, Kolkata Airport and others.

Coming to FTAs on e-Tourist Visas during the month of February, 2017 a total of 1.70 lakh tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 1.17 lakh during the month of February 2016 registering a growth of 45.2%.

UK, USA and Russian Federation also led the list of top 15 countries availing e- Tourist Visa facilities during February this year.